Wednesday, January 26, 2011

'Oh, my' — A free desktop background

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I've been working on some repeating backgrounds recently and this one just was too crazy not to make into a background.

Download and enjoy! (Oh, and a disclaimer: I take no responsibility for you losing your mind after staring too long at this one.)

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Friday, January 21, 2011

How to cheer up a friend who's lost a finger?

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Do as my friend Russ does and send them some ridiculous animated GIFs.

Here's to you, E-man.









Wednesday, January 19, 2011

10 Most Significant Cultural Trends of the Last Decade

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I stumbled on this article from QIdeas.org that outlines 10 significant cultural trends of the last 10 years in American society. I thought is was very insightful and a great resource to share. Here's the list but I highly recommend reading the whole article if you have a chance.

  1. Connection
  2. Place
  3. Cities
  4. The End of the Majority
  5. Polarity
  6. The Self Shot
  7. Pornography
  8. Informality
  9. Liquidity
  10. Complexity

Monday, January 17, 2011

'Fragment' - A Free Desktop Background

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I was watching one of the Signalnoise vidcasts last week where he broke down the photoshop document for one of his posters. His stuff is incredible and I hope one day my work might even be half as good as his. Regardless, his poster got me inspired to mess around with some similar shapes and this is where it led.

Feel free to download away!

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Friday, January 07, 2011

New Cover: Book Cover Designs

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I love seeing people do great design, especially when it's a self-imposed project with no client (and no money).

I stumbled on graphic designer, Matt Roeser's blog 'New Cover' (via Public School) where he posts redesigns of books he's read. His designs are great and he reads some great books!

Check it out. I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

The Importance of Storytelling in Your Business

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photo via Scottish Libraries
CNN's business section posted an article recently that called out 15 mistakes that young entrepreneurs make. One of these was "You don't tell a good story." This got me thinking about the importance of storytelling for businesses.

The reality is that every business is a story teller. Some are great at telling theirs (i.e. Apple), some are horrible (i.e. that ubiquitous neighborhood restaurant that just closed), and most are somewhere in-between. While I think most businesses understand this fact to some degree or another, I'm not convinced that many understand the importance of it (and what to do about it).

We live in a world of personal freedom and identity. Everyone is looking to define themselves and find a place within their communities. And we all want a story to tell others. The brands behind the products and services we buy and consume help us in our quest to do this.

For example the brand of shoe we buy tells a story and we're adopting that story for ourselves. My Puma's are letting people know I care about fashion and style, as well as price (they're still cheaper than Nike), and that I perhaps prefer the underdog (which I do). We buy stories, not just products.

Think about what you buy. Think about the services you use. Think about the charities and organizations you volunteer at and give to. Every one of these brands has a story behind it, and to some degree or another, you're not just buying into the product or service, but ultimately the story the brand is telling you.

So, if you're in the business of selling something you have to ask yourself: "What story is my brand telling and how well are we telling it?"

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Quotable: On the Importance of Branding

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"You have to build your brand before you can expect to have any kind of conversion in any kind of media that you use, no matter what the platform." 
— John Jantsch (author of Duct Tape Marketing) from an interview in Deliver Magazine, Volume 6, Issue 5